BRADFORD, PA – June 29, 2016 – Ten employees from the Allegheny National Forest responded to a request from the Monongahela National Forest to help with clean-up efforts following the recent devastating floods last week. The Monongahela’s Southern Zone experienced extensive road damage from mud and rock slides, fallen trees, flood debris, blown culverts, and a number of washouts. In addition, some recreation areas were closed due to the damage.
Over the weekend, ANF sawyers, security, safety and dispatch staff joined an incident management team comprised of Forest Service employees from the Eastern Region. Led by Jim Grant, from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin, employees were assigned to conduct damage assessments and repair activities on priority roads, buildings, dams, trails, recreation sites, water systems, sewage treatment systems and bridges on the Monongahela National Forest.
“I am proud of the Allegheny National Forest employees who were so quick to respond to the Monongahela’s request for help,” said Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune. “By stepping up to offer their skills and assistance, employees on the Monongahela who were affected by this disaster can focus on their homes and families.” Tune also noted that additional ANF employees are on standby and are ready to deploy if more help is needed.